Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford, an IVF Mum, egg donor, surrogate and family and surrogacy lawyer.
Welcome to the Surrogacy and Donor Conception Blog, with posts about surrogacy, donor conception, laws, news items, and my personal experiences as a donor and surrogate. You can scroll through the posts, search by category or keyword below.
Surrogacy Lawyers - huh, what are they good for? If you answered 'absolutely nothing!' well... fair enough. But bear with me! Read on and hopefully you'll learn more about what surrogacy lawyers are good for, and how you [...]
Sharing your story for surrogacy. If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains the [...]
If you're expecting a baby through an Australian surrogacy arrangement, you'll be keen to make sure you have done everything to prepare for the Parentage Order application after the birth. Firstly, if you are not sure what I'm [...]
Expectations for Donor Agreements When entering a donor agreement, it is important for the parties to talk about their intentions and expectations, before attempting to become pregnant. Whether the donor is a friend, family member or someone you [...]
Coping with the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions make a surrogacy arrangement all the more complex. Published 29 April 2020. The situation changes from day to day, and you should check that the information you are seeking is up [...]
The original post was written in March 2020. It has since been updated in late April 2020. A free webinar, exploring the issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on surrogacy teams, happened on 28 April [...]
Surrogacy Laws Australia Are you exploring your options for growing your family through surrogacy? Below is an overview of Australian surrogacy laws as they stand today. If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to [...]
So you want to be a surrogate? I remember when I first considered becoming a surrogate - searching everywhere for information and ending up down many an internet rabbit hole. I was excited and nervous; my husband was [...]
DIY Parentage Order - You Can Do It! Do you want to do your surrogacy Parentage Order yourself? By the time you have your baby in your arms, you’ve spent considerable money on IVF, legal expenses, counselling and [...]
Donor Agreements involve an agreement between a donor and recipient parent/s that clarifies the relationships and expectations between the parties. Donor Agreements are often used between sperm donors and their donor recipients, and not so often with egg [...]
Will the surrogate ask for money? If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains [...]
I recently spoke at the Melbourne Law School's Health Law and Ethics Network, on the subject of surrogacy and ethics. Below is my speech. Thank you for having me and giving me the opportunity to speak about my [...]